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To Desire a Wicked Duke

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  • Posted February 23, 2011

    Great Read

    Society's rules in Regency England, during the early nineteenth century, mixed with Tess Blanchard's desire for passion and the Duke of Rotham's long-denied desire for Tess make a captivating romance that propels the reader along with both internal and external conflicts, humor, and an irrepressible primal connection that engenders an exquisite love.

    The Duke of Rotham, known as the Devil Duke, seizes the opportunity to kiss Tess after four years of wanting her while keeping his distance. Male primal need takes control. Common sense and caution exit leaving passion, desire, and fiery need to take center stage. All his womanizing and worldly ways did not prepare the Duke for the way he feels when he kisses and caresses Tess.

    Tess comes alive at his touch. The emptiness she's felt for so long is filled with the Duke's scent, taste, and the marvelous sensation of his mouth that feels like heated silk as it makes her melt with pleasure and wanting. His caresses make her oblivious to all else. She had experienced a youth's love with her fiancé Richard before he was killed, but she'd never felt anything like the passionate, blood sizzling demands of the Duke's touch that makes her shiver in exhilaration.

    When they are caught by Lady Wingate, Tess's benefactor, the Duke takes control and says they will marry to save Tess's reputation. He is well aware of the double standard in their Regency society. More than that, he already has a reputation that could hardly be degraded more-whether justified or not.

    These two strong personalities, both determined to protect themselves from hurt, deal with conflicts in unique ways with each of them trying to keep the upper hand. With humor, tears, and fears, they enchant the reader with a spellbinding love that flourishes in spite of all the contrariness.

    The secondary characters make entertaining, delightful additions to the untangling of what is true and what was thought to be true. They supply some unexpected twists and turns in the plot. Fanny Irwin and the Loring sisters are delightful.

    Nicole Jordan brings a sparkling, fresh touch to Regency romance. Her character development makes Tess and the Duke come alive. Their depth, emotions, and steadfastness endear them to the reader.

    To Desire a Wicked Duke crackles with conflicts, sizzles with sensuality, and lures the reader in with incredible love (and that love scene!) It kept me up late and I never missed the sleep.

    Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

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    Highly, highly recommend!

    This was my first Nicole Jordan book, and I enjoyed it immensely! The opening is fabulously tense. The chemistry was thick, and the hero reads like a man who could crush you with one look, and make you swoon with another. He screams alpha. Loyal. Protective. Deadly. The heroine is kind hearted, innocent, but independent and quick with her tongue. I loved the dynamic of the two together. They disarmed each other at every turn, each losing the grip they tried so desperately to keep on their hearts. Fabulous. With ghosts, hidden passage ways, and thieves there's a suspense element that I had not yet experienced in the historical genre. Jordan had me looking over my shoulder, as I was reading in the wee hours of the morning. One of my favorite things that Jordan does in this book is shock me. Shock. Me. I yelled a lot at a character in this book. Jordan is deceptive in creating characters that look one way, but are an entirely different thing. I highly, highly recommend this book! -Posey, Everybody Needs A Little Romance

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2010

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    The latest Courtship Wars Regency romance an enjoyable entry to a fun series

    In 1817 in Richmond, England Tess Blanchard has begun to move passed the death of her fiancé in combat two years ago. However when she and Patrick Hennessy, who has been assigned to keep her safe, kiss, she finds it insipid. Worse her long time adversary, the Duke of Rotham Ian Sutherland catches her and rips her up and down for her scandalous behavior.

    Tess' godmother Lady Wingate stuns her when she insists she marry Sutherland to avoid a scandal; failure to do so means Wingate will withdraw her support financially and titled. Tess reluctantly agrees, but vows their marriage will be in name only as she loathes the arrogant way Sutherland mocks her. However, Ian has other plans for his wife who he protects and mentors in the art of the bedroom. She begins to fall in love with her husband until she uncovers horrible secrets her spouse concealed. Despondent and irate, Tess flees to Sutherland's Cornwall estate where something otherworldly haunts the castle. Ian follows her hoping his wife will forgive him as he loved her long before they married.

    The latest Courtship Wars Regency romance (see To Pleasure A Lady, To Romance a Charming Rogue and To Seduce a Bride) is an enjoyable entry to a fun series. The dysfunctional yet loving lead couple's behavior towards each other mirrors that of the stars of To Tame a Dangerous Lord. However, the entertaining story line is made fresh by a mutual third party and the haunting. Filled with secrets, misunderstandings and distrust, To Desire A Wicked Duke is an entertaining historical.

    Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2010

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    A Second Chance at Love!

    In this final Book 6 of The Courtship Wars series, Tess Blanchard is initially caught giving a passionate kiss to the man, Patrick Hennessy, who is, unknown to Tess, supposed to guarding her. It's not a serious kiss at all but it appears as such to a suddenly appearing and angry Duke of Rotham, Ian Sutherland. As usual the Duke is arrogant, pompous and insulting as he questions and threatens Tess over this seemingly innocent act, and she responds accordingly. Having been engaged to a man who died in war, she is ripe for scandal to which the Duke for some reason is determined she will not know.


    Later, her godmother, Lady Wingate orders Tess to marry the Duke and says she will withdraw all her monetary support if Tess refuses. So Tess proceeds to obey but intends this to be a marriage in name only, for she is truly a match to the man who does little to indicate other than scorn.


    However, things begin to very slowly change as Ian shows he is capable of protecting her and even instructing her in the amatory arts. Finally, after Tess discovers some horrific things about the Duke's past, she escapes to Cornwall where there is a hint of a ghostly presence, one that enters her room on her very first night there.


    After Ian follows her to Cornwall, the passion between them grows and some very dark, startling secrets are revealed involving someone very close to both of them.


    Nicole Jordan's most recent romantic novel is a delight for all of her fans as well as new readers. There are plenty of surprises that keep the reader turning the pages with riveting attention and the romance is hot, hot, hot!!!


    Great story, Nicole Jordan!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2011

    Fabulous!

    Fabulous ending to a great series! Tess and Ian were meant for each other, although it takes them a while to figure that out. But oh, the sparks and wit and heat between them are just wonderful. Can't wait to read the next series by Jordan. The excerpt in the back of To Desire a Wicked Duke for book one of Lengendary Lovers was great also!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2013

    Not enough "chasing"

    I was settling it for a nice hero has to chase and fight for the heroine tale but this had very little chase. She doesn't so much "flee" the hero as leave a few days before he does for their country estate. When the hero runs her to ground they team up to solve a ghost story??? Yeah, kindof lost me there too.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    disappointing

    This was the last of a series of 6. I really enjoyed the previous 5. This book, however had predictable prose, the female protagonist was an idiot - her character wasn't well developed for the decisions she made. I would not waste my time or money on this one. The rest of the series was great.

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  • Posted February 25, 2011

    disappointed

    It is very rare when I have to force myself to finish a book. The plot was unbelivable. Way too much silent contemplation. Dialog was boring and the ghost was nonexistant. Actually I know why the ghost stayed away. DONOT WASTE YOUR MONEY. u

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